Nightlife in Malacca City is mostly contained to hotel bars and lounges, much to the convenience of guests residing there. However, there are a number of watering holes scattered around Malacca City so visitors can choose to enjoy their drinks indoors or on outside boardwalks. For the more unconventional nocturnal activity, head to GoGo KTV Lounge for some cheesy tunes until the wee hours of morning or just spend the night listening to the thumping good hip hop beats and dancing the night away at Mixx Club. It goes without saying that Malacca nightlife allows plenty of scope for visitors to join the party despite being a small town, so we have listed our favourite 10 spots to visit when the sun goes down.
As Malacca City’s reigning nightclub, Mixx has been entertaining the nocturnal crowds since it opened in December 2011. Located on the second floor of Mahkota Parade, it has solidified its hip credibility by constantly importing DJs and live visuals from all over Asia. The interior of Mixx club looks like a tricked-out industrial warehouse with neon lights that act as paint to walls and seem to take centre stage.
This mall establishment is comprised of two sections: Paradox, where DJs spin electro and techno beats, and Arris, a garden café with a live band. Drinks are slightly expensive but a fair price to pay for its resident mixologist’s imaginative offerings. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Paradox: Tuesday – Saturday 22:00 – Late; Arris: Wednesday – Saturday 20:00 – Late
- Address: Lot S19, 2nd Floor, Mahkota Parade
- Tel: +6016 247 6627
Not exactly your average Malaccan bar, The Library is a popular spot set in Melaka Raya, and is known for its live bands and extensive food menu. Serving an upscale clientele, it prides itself on its selection of beers (said to be Malaysia's largest selection of imported and locally brewed beers) as well as premium liquors for visitors who wants to enjoy an indulgent night out.
The interior of The Library is distinctive: massive bookshelves line the walls with spacious Chesterfield sofas results in a cosy and warm ambience. Thematically designed, The Library’s clientele is a mixture of trendsetters, media types and connoisseurs who come to wind down and mingle. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 16:00 – 02:00
- Address: 926 & 927, Jalan Merdeka, Taman Melaka Raya
- Tel: +606 334 4155
Fondly known as Portuguese Square, this area is the culmination of Portuguese culture in its splendour and colours where descendants of Malay and Portuguese intermarriages since the colonisation of the state.
The Square is renowned for housing plenty of restaurants, food stalls and pubs and on Saturday evenings, it becomes a hub of activities, as the local community put up traditional dances to entertain tourists and celebrate their unique culture in style. Visitors are encouraged to grab a beer and enjoy a night of listening to pseudo-pop bands strut their stuff with the sound of cascading waves in the distance.
- Opening Hours: Daily 24 hours
- Address: Jalan d'Albuquerque, Off Jalan Ujon Pasir
- Tel: +606 283 6538
GoGo KTV Lounge - The Jetty
Built between Mahkota Melaka and Holiday Inn Melaka, The Jetty was never meant for boats or ships to dock. It’s gained its name from the fact that it physically looks like a jetty and extends far out towards the Straits of Melaka.
Don't be fooled by its size; this nightspot packs quite the punch. Several television sets adorn the wall, all ready to show its customers a good time. So knock back a pint of Guinness, Tiger, Heineken or Anchor and sing the night away. For a night of harmless fun belt out cheesy karaoke tunes at the GoGo KTV Lounge – which charges by the hour.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 02:00
- Address: 12-A, Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz, 75000
- Tel: +606 288 1788
Bar Rio – Casa Del Rio
Located at the western end of the Casa Del Rio Hotel, Bar Rio provides a beautiful view spanning from the Melaka River towards the Straits. Offering a wide selection of international and boutique beers, Carlsberg draught, wine and some of the coolest cocktails, Bar Rio also provides live entertainment in the evenings. Contemporary twists of tantalising cocktails, cryogenic sorber cocktails in a cone, and orders by the litre jug are also available.
Visitors can opt to watch live band performances or catch the latest sports events on a 40-inch screen with close friends or business acquaintances as an after-work activity. Rio Bar opens at 16:00 on weekdays and 17:00 during weekends with its happy hour starting from 17:00 until 21:00. With quality entertainment and extensive array of alcoholic beverages, Bar Rio is the place to be after the sun sets in Malacca City.
- Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 16:00 - Late; Saturday & Sunday 17:00 - Late
- Address: Casa del Rio, 88, Jalan Kota Laksamana
- Tel: +606 289 6888
Celsius K Studio
Opened since 2011, this karaoke bar is a perfect entertaining place for gatherings with the family, friends, and acquaintances. The first L.E.D decorated karaoke in Melaka, Celsius K Studio comes alive at night with massively vivid lighting effects on the exterior which is sure to raise curiosity of those in close proximity to the building.
Perfectly catered to large crowds, it has spacious karaoke lounges with cosy leather seats and steel tables. Whether you’re in the mood to belt out to the latest pop hits or crooning classics, Celsius K Studio offers a wide array of tunes in English and Chinese as well as an extensive food and beverage menu for a night-long karaoke session.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 - 02:00
- Address: 212 & 213, Jalan Melaka Raya 1, Taman Melaka Raya
- Tel: +606 281 0333
Arena Club – The Jetty
A complex that houses fine dining restaurants, trendy cafés and a karaoke lounge, The Jetty is a prominent nightspot for visitors due to its convenient location between Mahkota Melaka and Holiday Inn Melaka. At the foot of the jetty in front of Holiday Inn, Arena – a glass walled night spot with a big stage for live performances and a hopping band – draws in a crowd on the weekends.
Arena Club is equipped with moving light beams and colourful patterned spots which sets off a fun party mood for its clientele. The club is also known for its eclectic mix of music: visitors can enjoy a wide array of live band performances, R&B, hip hop, and house music as they sip on their favourite beer or liquor with close friends.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 02:00
- Address: 12-A, Jalan Syed Abdul Aziz
- Tel: +6016 675 2000
Epicureo Restaurant, Bar & Lounge
Epicureo Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, located within Hatten Square and in the same vicinity as Mahkota Parade, is the latest joint that is quickly gaining a steady nocturnal clientele. The interior sports industrial decor with faded-brick walls, grey cement floor, wooden bar stools with rounded leather seats, and wood-barrel tables under an atrium glass ceiling.
Epicureo Restaurant, Bar & Lounge is frequented mostly for its tantalising pork dishes such as roasted pork knuckles, smoked BBQ pork ribs, and crunchy pork belly - all expertly prepared by a chef with over 12 years of experience. Delectable bar food aside, the eatery also offers an array of entertainment for the pleasure of its guests. From enjoying their favourite draught while watching the establishment’s live band performances to having a friendly round of darts, Epicureo Restaurant, Bar & Lounge is set to be one of the most popular nightlife spots in Malacca City.
- Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 - Late
- Address: F2-003, F2-003a, F2-005, F2-006, F2-007 & F2-008, 2nd Floor, Hatten Square Suites & Shoppes
- Tel: +606 281 7662
Alto Sky Lounge - Hatten Hotel Melaka
Located on the 22nd level of Hatten Hotel Melaka, Alto Sky Lounge provides guests with stunning panoramic views of Malacca city as they savour a mix of expertly crafted cocktails, tantalising light bites and a variety of fine wines with the accompaniment of exquisite live music.
Alto Sky Lounge features an outdoor bar setting that can seat over 130 people and a vintage spiral staircase which leads to a glass wine cellar on a mezzanine level. Alto Sky Lounge is ideal for elegant cocktail parties, important business functions or simply as a place to relax and unwind after a long day. With its charismatic design and luxurious ambience, Alto provides the perfect surroundings for mixing business and pleasure.
- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 16:00 – 00:00, Saturday, Sunday & eve of public holidays 16:00 – 01:00
- Address: Level 22, Hatten Hotel Melaka
- Tel: +606 286 9696
Flo - Hotel Equatorial Melaka
Located in Hotel Equatorial Melaka, Flo is a modish and sophisticated lounge that offers an extensive selection of wines, cocktails, cigars and good entertainment. Visitors can sit back against plush sofas and comfortable armchairs and enjoy their favourite drinks as they unwind after a long day of exploring Malacca City.
For those who enjoy live music, they can opt for the dark wooden high chairs and tables which circle an elevated stage for the best view. During weekends, Flo hosts a number of resident DJs who spin exciting tracks for visitors who want to dance the night away in style. Designed for socializing in style, Flo has become a popular hangout for locals as well as hotel guests.
- Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 16:00 – 01:00; Friday, Saturday & eve of public holidays 16:00 – 02:00
- Address: Hotel Equatorial Melaka, Bandar Hilir
- Tel: +606 282 8333